48 Songs About Needing Someone
Everyone Needs Love
My great-grandmother used to say that there ain't a pot too crooked that there ain't a lid to fit it. There's someone for everyone.
If you've found that someone special you need in your life, then congratulations. May they make you a better person. Now, invest the time to express how much you care. They need to hear it.
A custom playlist can help you celebrate how much you need one another. Choose from our long list of pop, rock, R&B, and country songs below.
1. "I Need Your Love" by Calvin Harris (featuring Ellie Goulding)
When the world is falling apart, the narrator's sweetheart puts the pieces back together again and makes everything right. This 2012 pop song has an electrobeat and features a narrator whose relationship with her lover has frayed. She beckons for his love, time, and physical affection.
2. "Need You" by Travie McCoy
The man in this 2010 pop song was hurt by a previous lover. As a result, he needs understanding and trust before he can get close to the next romantic partner. Although he wants to give his new girlfriend the key to the lock-tight safe where he hides his fragile heart, he doesn't know how to open up to the woman whose love he needs.
3. "Baby I Need Your Loving" he Four Tops
This guy's lover left him, and now he's faced with empty nights and days filled with misery. The narrator in this 1964 R&B song begs for sweet mercy. He can't go on like this without his lady and needs her to return to him.
I need my significant other ...
4. "All I Ever Need" by Austin Mahone
The narrator in this R&B song from 2014 provides loving reassurances to his partner that he'll always be right by her side. He says that she is a necessity, she is an angel and his "everything," and he desperately needs her in his life. That's a whole lot to live up to, do you think?
How Long Can You Live Without These Essential Needs?
Approximate Survival TIme Without It
After about 6 minutes, the brain begins to die.
After about 3 days (although some people have survived 8-10 days)
The immune system is negatively affected after only 1-2 days. After 2-3 days without sleep, hallucinations set in, then you can die after 11 days without sleep.
About 3 weeks, although individual survival depend on one's size, hydration status, and activity level
Even after only a few hours, social atrophy begins when contact with others is imposed. Over periods of weeks, individuals experience chronic apathy, lethargy, depression and despair. They lose track of time, their sleep patterns are disrupted, and they may hallucinate. It is unknown how long they can survive.
5. (I Need You Now) More Than Words Can Say by Alias
It's 6 o'clock in the morning, and the guy in this 1990 pop song finds himself still thinking about the lover who has left him. He sleeps alone now and worries that it's too late for love. In a desperate attempt to reach out to her, he tries to let her know he needs her now more than ever.
6. "All I Need Is A Miracle" by Mike + the Mechanics
This peppy 1985 rock song features a guy who didn't care enough about his partner when they were together. However, now that she has ditched him, he regrets intentionally hurting her and treating her like a child.
He confesses that he needs a miracle to get her back in his life and make it right:
If I ever catch up with you
I'm gonna love you for the rest of your life.
All I need is a miracle, all I need is you (all I need is a miracle) ... .
7. "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum
Some people cringe with recognition when they hear this 2010 Grammy Award-winning song, and others just cringe. Too much whiskey and an abundance of memories of a broken relationship spell trouble for this drunk-dialing lady. (If she needs anything, but it's probably just to sleep off the whiskey.)
The photos and loneliness are fixin' to overwhelm her as she reaches out to her ex-lover (don't do it!):
It's a quarter after one, I'm a little drunk, and I need you now.
Said I wouldn't call, but I've lost all control, and I need you now.
And I don't know how I can do without.
I just need you now.
8. Just When I Needed You Most" by Vanwarmer
Don't get me wrong. I love this mournful soft rock song from 1976 about a guy whose partner up and left him when he needed her. But I think I understand why she left; he does an awful lot of blaming and complaining. He's one of those people who is a bottomless pit of needs:
But I miss you more than I
Missed you before and now
Where I'll find comfort, God knows
'Cause you left me
Just when I needed you most.
9. "I Need You" by Tim McGraw (featuring Faith Hill)
When country singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw met in 1996, she was his opening act. Hill was engaged to a record producer at the time, and he had just broken off an engagement. They fell hard for one another and married later that year.
Since then, they seem more like besotted teens than a long-married couple with three daughters. It's therefore no wonder that this 2007 song describes the intensity of love between two partners as a matter of mutual need:
Like a needle needs a vein
Like my Uncle Joe in Oklahoma needs the rain
I need you
Like a lighthouse on the coast
Like the Father and the Son need the Holy Ghost
I need you.
10. "If I Needed You" by Don Williams (featuring Emmylou Harris)
This country song from 1981 is ethereal in its description of two lovers who each need one other and lend mutual comfort. Each trades assurances that they'd go to great lengths to ease the pain of the other.
11. "A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)" by Ray Parker, Jr.
The guy in this 1981 pop song warns that women need love just like men do, and if they don't get the affection they need, they'll find it outside of the relationship.
Don't kid yourself into thinking that you're the only one who can fool around, the narrator warns. If you're wondering where partners are most likely to find relationships outside of marriage, it's at work. About 60% of affairs begin in the workplace.
12. "Need To Be Next To You" by Sara Evans
In this 2008 country song, the protagonist acknowledges that after trying to deny feelings for her partner for so long, she now realizes how much she needs him. She gushes that she needs his smile each morning for the rest of her life.
13. "When I Need You" by Rod Stewart
Leo Sayer was the guy who originally released this soft rock song in 1977, it was Rod Stewart who sang it best with his 1996 version. The song displays raw emotional honesty and a narrator's longing for his lover from whom he is separated by distance.
More than anything, he years to be with her:
When I need you
I just close my eyes and I'm with you
And all that I so wanna give you
It's only a heartbeat away.
14. "Need U Bad" by Jazmine Sullivan
The narrator makes one little relationship mistake and her lover wants to call it quits. She doesn't understand that. In this 2008 R&B song with raggae influences, the narrator has come to realize that she needs her partner in her life. Nevermind that cheating stuff. She didn't mean it.
16. "All The Man That I Need" by Whitney Houston
This 1990 R&B pop song became a worldwide hit for Whitney Houston, and you can't help but imagine that she was singing about Bobby Brown at that time. The two singers met in 1989 and became tragically involved in what later became a disastrous marriage fraught with allegations of drug abuse and violence.
This song, however, highlights the positive that the narrator sees in her man:
He fills me up
He gives me love
More love than I've ever seen
He's all I've got,
He's all I've got in this world.
But he's all the man that I need
15. "Something I Need" by OneRepublic
The guy in this upbeat 2013 pop song has an unusual way of expressing to his partner that he needs her. He tells her that if he only dies once, he wants to die with her. The song failed to chart in the United States but performed well in other countries.
17. "I Need You" by LeAnn Rimes
There is beautiful poetry in this country song from 1998 wherein a woman describes just how much she needs the man in her life:
I need you like water
Like breath, like rain
I need you like mercy
From heaven's gate
There's a freedom in your arms
That carries me through
I need you.
18. "Need You Tonight" by INXS
This 1987 pop song is full of raw energy and sensuality. The narrator issues an invitation to a woman he is attracted to for bodily companionship, telling her, "You're one of my kind." Don't try this at home.
19. "All I Need" by Jack Wagner
Jack Wagner was a one-hit wonder with this 1984 love song, but give him some slack. It was a good one. The pop song describes a man who wasn't looking for love when he first kissed his sweetie, but unexpectedly he found it. Now he just requires some time to digest the predicament he finds himself in, as he claims that she is all he needs.
20. "I Need to Know" by Kris Allen
This 2009 pop song describes a man's feelings of being lost in both a relationship and in life. He needs to know where he stands in both, and he begs for clear direction. Kris Allen was the winner of the eighth season of American Idol, but we haven't heard much from him since 2012.
Even More Songs About Needing Someone
21. Need Someone
Mary J. Blige
22. You Needed Me
23. Love Is All You Need
24. I Don't Need You
25. I Need You
26. The Way That I Need You
Passenger (featuring The Once)
27. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
28. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
29. I Need My Girl
30. All I Need
31. Slow Hand
The Pointer Sisters
32. I Need My Girl
33. Until You're Mine
34. All I Need
35. Need You More
36. Everybody Needs Love
37. All I Need
38. All I Need is You
39. All I Ever Need Is You
Sonny & Cher
40. Everybody Needs Love
41. All I Need Is You
42. All I Want All I Need
43. I Need You Now
44. I Need You Tonight
45. You're All I Need
46. You Can't Hurry Love
47. Unchained Melody
48. You Really Got a Hold on Me
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
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